Everybody needs supports. Everybody needs someone to run alongside with them on the journey or cheer from the sidelines. There is no way you can do it alone. In order to live a healthy lifestyle, you have to surround yourself with positive people who will help you improve. There will always be people who will criticize and question the lifestyle you chose to lead. You should ignore these people and stay strong and optimistic in your beliefs and actions. You can keep positivity around you by spreading good health to others. Make a healthy meal for the entire family or ask a friend to be your gym-buddy. Encouragement from family and friends will help you keep a positive attitude and extend a healthy hand to others.
You have as many hours in a day as anyone else. There is always a choice in how we spend these hours, although it may seem like we are being held back by school, work, and the endless amount of responsibilities and activities we have. Your body and health must be top priorities. You need to make time to take care of yourself. Whether it is a quick 30 minute walk during your lunch break or a brief run before your next class, your body needs to get as active as your schedule is. Exercise is necessary for not only your physical health but your mental health as well. Plan ahead, make a commitment to find time to exercise, and keep those promises!
Some people might associate obsession with health and fitness. However, living a healthy lifestyle should not involve calculations, counting, or percentages. A person who is preoccupied with calorie counting and getting exactly 60 minutes of cardio a day become less human and more robotic. There is no fun in being obsessed with your own body’s intakes and movements. It is possible to be fit and active and still enjoy the simplicity of living a healthy lifestyle. You should know how many calories your body needs and how many calories are in a meal however; your food intake should not be centered on this number. It is more important that your food is nutritious and makes you feel satisfied. Your workouts should make you sweat but also energize you. Do not put a time on your exercise. Run for 15 minutes or until sundown. Set goals not restrictions. Put hard work into living a healthy lifestyle but also keep it uncomplicated and pleasurable!
Everyone has their fall-outs. I’ve had plenty myself. After losing 20 pounds last year, I gained it all back this past summer. Fortunately, through hard work and dedication, I was able to lose it those pounds again. It was not easy and it took many months, but I am very proud of myself. However, living a healthy lifestyle has destination. You have to keep trudging along when things get tough. Even if you get sidetracked or the hills get too tall. You may fall off the road, but once you’re on it again, you pick up right where you left off. Don’t expect to see a finish line or stop sign. Just relax, enjoy the view, and keep pushing on.
The most important time to eat healthy is when you’re not. Getting sick, especially during the middle of cold and flu season, can take a toll on not only your fitness life but also your work and social life. This past week I had a severe cold and had to make up a ton of schoolwork and on top of that, I did not exercise for a week. Although it was tempting to soothe my sore throat with a tub of frozen yogurt, I focused on eating all natural foods. I am not a nutritionist, but I am an avid supporter of natural and home remedy medications. Although Advil helps with the headaches, the vegetable soup and kale-fruit smoothies were the foods that brought me back on the road to recovery. I strongly believe in the power of natural foods because they have substantial amounts of vitamins, proteins, and antioxidants. Getting energy from healthy foods will bring back your own energy, restore your health and revive your vivacious self!
Bursts of motivation can come from flipping through a health magazine or walking by a sexual picture plastered on the window of Victoria Secret. These things can maybe fuel a workout or encourage you to eat a salad, but they do not work in the long run. Personally, I usually get frustrated when looking at pictures of models. Only because most model bodies are highly edited and very much unrealistic and unhealthy to achieve. Looking at other people’s figures is not a healthy motivator. Your drive and enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle should come only from YOU. Everyone’s body is different and one cannot simply look like another. Think of how YOU feel after a good run or eating a nutritious meal. Think of how YOU could look like in 6 months or a year from now and focus only on that.
This past year has been a fast blur of applying to college, school, and work. Although I try to manage my time wisely, I always end up stressed when everything starts piling up. Unfortunately when I’m stressed out, I pig out. All of the craziness causes me to ignore good nutrition and exercise and instead grab a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It’s so much easier to stuff your face with desserts rather than face your obstacles head on. However, all those treats won’t make your troubles disappear. It’s critical to ignore the desire to take out your frustrations on a piece of cake. Recently, when I have a lot of weight on my shoulders I meditate. The quiet and darkness allows me to clear my brain of negative thoughts. It helps me refocus on my goals and also take pride in my recent accomplishments. Meditation brings happiness and relaxation to my body and mind. I feel refreshed, less frantic, and am able to be positively productive in my work and my health. I highly recommend a dark room, some vanilla candles, and a yoga mat next time you feel like the world is against you.
My fitness goals are to be comfortable and confident. Goals relating to one’s body should never be about a certain weight on a scale or a pant size. The way I feel about my own body is more important than any number. It’s hard not to focus on a goal weight. But instead of stepping on the scale everyday, I like to measure my success based on my shirts feeling a little looser or being able to finally fit into my favorite pair of jeans again. My little triumphs make me happier than noticing I lost another pound. Everyday that I exercise and eat well, no matter what the scale reads, I become more self-assured with my body.
Technology has been both a blessing and a curse. Nowadays, there is no escaping it. I have accepted this fast-paced world but for my own best interest, I have set limits. I set screen time restrictions for every device I have (Yes, including my phone) otherwise I would be watching a season of Breaking Bad everyday. Between school and work, I really only have 4-6 hours of free time during the day. With those hours I can either be productive or waste it away. I restrict myself to 1-2 hours of non-work related screen time a day, even on the weekends. I find a sense of freedom because of these limitations. I have more time to exercise and feel more energized because I am not glued to the T.V. I have more time to live, to think, to spend time with family and friends, to read, and discover myself. I no longer feel like I’m wasting away the day.
A new year is a fresh start; it involves forgiving yourself, moving on, and becoming a better person. We have all set goals for ourselves of what we can accomplish in 2014. However, the reason New Year’s resolutions are so hard to follow is because a lot can happen in 365 days. Removing junk food or going to the gym every day is possible, but it also is unrealistic. Focusing on goals that take months to achieve is why a lot of people fail within their first month. It is easier to take on a day or a week at a time. Instead of wanting to lose fifty pounds this year, go for a run every day for a week. By accomplishing smaller goals in a shorter period of time, you will feel better about yourself and be more successful overall. Keep close sight of your resolutions, and make a victory of everyday.